Alber Elbaz, after about two years at Guy Laroche, was tapped by Yves himself to take over Rive Gauche, the women’s ready-to-wear line. At the time, the house was not doing well financially. His first collection for fall 1999 was met with mixed reviews. He improved with each subsequent showing. He is said to have rejuvenated the Rive Gauche collection with spring 2000 and fall 2000 is considered his best of all. However, Elbaz was ousted from the label a few months after Gucci Group took over in November of 1999.